Growing Guide: Growing Cucumbers

Growing Cucumbers in a Vertical Garden

No summer garden is really complete without cool, green cucumbers growing in the yard. Although they’re nutrient-needy veggies, growing cucumbers isn’t really that hard. Plus, cucumbers are fantastic vertical vegetables well-suited for growing on trellises and other vertical gardening frames.

Growing Cucumbers

When to sow indoors3 weeks before last frost
When to sow outdoorsAfter last frost
Seed depth1/2 – 1"
Germination soil temperature80° – 95°F
Germination length3 – 5 days
When to transplant4 weeks (but not recommended)
VarietiesBurpless (easier to digest)

Rocky (minis)

Diamant (early gherkin)
pH range6.0 – 7.0
Soil temperature for growing70° – 80°F minimum
Spacing24 – 36"
WateringModerate, then heavy from flowering to harvest
LightFull sun
Nutrient requirementsN = moderate

P = high

K = high
Fertilizer scheduleEvery two weeks with a complete fertilizer
When to harvestWhenever fruits are large enough to use

Looking for more information and inspiration? Check out these tips for
how to grow cucumbers.

Image thanks to Joe Quick!

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2 comments on “Growing Guide: Growing Cucumbers

    • Hi Brenda,

      Well, I don’t know a lot about plant sexing but I know that distinguishing what’s what can differ based on the plant. For instance, how to tell female asparagus from male asparagus is different than trying to tell the sexes of other more “typical” garden vegetables and plants. So, what plants did you have in mind?

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